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Building a Community on Polluted Land (11/20/2014)
Ex-Shipyard in Amsterdam Houses Shops and Offices
www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/business/energy-environment/ex-shipyard-in-amsterdam-
houses-shops-and-offices.html?_r=0


4 Workers Killed at DuPont Chemical Plant (11/18/2014)
Investigators from the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) are in Texas probing an apparent chemical leak that killed four workers and injured a fifth at a DuPont plant in La Porte, Texas.
www.scientificamerican.com/article/4-workers-killed-at-dupont-chemical-plant/

U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks (11/14/2014)
China and the United States made common cause on Wednesday against the threat of climate change, staking out an ambitious joint plan to curb carbon emissions as a way to spur nations around the world to make their own cuts in greenhouse gases.
www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/china-us-xi-obama-apec.html

After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit (11/13/2014)
Program for investments in clean energy technologies is turning profit.
www.npr.org/2014/11/13/363572151/after-solyndra-loss-u-s-energy-loan-program-tur
ning-a-profit


Are Toxics in Medical Devices Harming Premature Babies? (11/13/2014)
A potentially toxic chemical that is strictly regulated in children's toys is also used in abundance in neonatal intensive care units, where premature babies are often struggling to survive.
www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/11/13/toxic-levels-of-a-chemi
cal-in-plastic-medical-devices-could-endanger-preemies/


Other P2 Tidbits

Top Delinquent Mine Has Deadly Legacy
Ignoring health and safety violations leads to a horrific death.
www.npr.org/2014/11/13/363018653/top-delinquent-mine-has-deadly-legacy

Beyond BPA: Are Other Packaging Chemicals Just as Harmful?
According to a study published last July, food packaging in the U.S. contains 154 chemicals that are deemed to be dangerous. Yet, they're all still perfectly legal.
www.kcet.org/living/food/food-rant/beyond-bpas-other-food-packaging-chemicals-to
-look-out-for.html


Cheaper Silicon Means Cheaper Solar Cells
Researchers have pioneered a new approach to manufacturing solar cells that requires less silicon and can accommodate silicon with more impurities than is currently the standard. Those changes mean cheaper, and less energy intensive, panel construction
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141022084250.htm

EPA Launches a Voluntary Program to Reduce Pesticide Drift
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesti
yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/7F55633C82CD009285257D78005B932E

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EPA awards $300,000 grant to entrepreneur to develop green polymers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $300,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to Instrumental Polymer Technologies, LLC in Westlake Village, Calif. to produce low-cost, zero-emission polymers
yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/49A00FA34248149E85257D8E007F788A

Utilities must innovate or go extinct
The threat to utilities goes far beyond solar panels and demands a response far more substantial than rate-tweaking. Sooner or later, there must be a wholesale rethinking of the utility business model. And if utilities are smart, they'll do it sooner.
grist.org/climate-energy/rooftop-solar-is-just-the-beginning-utilities-must-inno
vate-or-go-extinct/


 

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